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Resources & Training for Public Library Staff

Upcoming Training

Debbie LeeKeenan: Anti-Bias Education

Wednesday, October 5th: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
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Changing demographics, shifts in social views, and polarizing political issues all present challenges and complexities to us as professionals interested in social justice education. This first session in a two-part series will provide a framework for anti-bias education. There will be opportunities to apply the ideas to your own settings in breakout rooms. It is recommended participants view, her film, Reflecting on Anti-bias in Action: The Early Years, in advance of the sessions.

Debbie LeeKeenan: Children’s Literature: Provoking Courageous Conversations

Wednesday, October 19th: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
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Changing demographics, shifts in social views, and polarizing political issues all present challenges and complexities to us as professionals interested in social justice education. This second session in a two-part series will provide strategies on using children's literature to provide mirrors and windows to the world and as an opportunity to engage children in courageous conversation about potentially challenging topics. There will be opportunities to apply the ideas to your own settings in breakout rooms. It is recommended participants view, her film, Reflecting on Anti-bias in Action: The Early Years, in advance of the sessions.

Debbie LeeKeenan is a lecturer, consultant, and author, currently residing in Seattle, Washington. She was director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University in Medford, MA from 1996 to 2013. In addition to teaching in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, she has been a member of the early childhood faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and she is a former preschool, special education and elementary school teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. With professional experience spanning 50 years in diverse university, public school, and early childhood settings in Massachusetts, New York City, New Mexico, Philadelphia and Taiwan, her areas of expertise include anti-bias education, early childhood education, teacher preparation, inclusive special education, curriculum development, project based learning, teacher inquiry, family engagement, professional learning communities and public school partnerships.

For a full bio, visit: https://www.antibiasleadersece.com/debbie-leekeenan/

Supported by funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library Services and Technology Act, through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


WSL October YS3C Meeting: Dolly Parton Imagination Library Info Session

Thursday, October 13th: 10-11 a.m.
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Is there anything better than free books in the hands of kids? Join Brooke Fisher-Clark, Executive Director of the Imagination Library of Washington, to learn about how the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is being implemented in our state. You’ll learn about how the program came to be, where Washington is in the implementation process, how the program works, and how libraries can get involved! Feel free to bring questions and ideas.

Collection Management Policies

Creating and maintaining a robust collection development plan and collection management policy are key components of any library program. Whether you are revamping an old policy, or creating a new one from scratch, here are some resources to get started.

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Webinars & Self-Paced Courses
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